S.S.W. 33rd Anniversary

S.S.W. 33rd Anniversary

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

wRESTle in Peace Cora Combs, Buddy Landel, and Roddy Piper

Cora Combs was not just a legend in Tennessee Wrestling she was a pioneer for the sport. She was headlining cards and traveling the worldat a time women were told "you can't do that". She showed them you can. From her humble beginnings in Combs, KY (Hazard area) she would travel the world wrestling in Cuba, Fiji, Africa, and many other spots around the world. Including being the first "Main Event" girl in the Kingsport territory in the 50s and 60s. 

I met Cora when I was just a teenager and her and daughter Debbie have been a special part of my life. I was honored to be a pallbearer for Miss Cora. She is a big part of my upcoming book about Kingsport Wrestling history. Until we meet again wRESTle in Peace Miss Cora

This one hit home hard. I have known Buddy Landel most of my life. I lived, travel, teamed and wrestled him for years. This picture was taken in the late 90s when I was around Buddy every day. He could make you madder than anyone but in 10 minutes it was over and forgotten lol. Buddy was Buddy as Tracy Smothers says. God Bless his wife Donna and family. So long for now Budhole wRESTle in Peace.

The only wrestling picture I ever knew to hang in Buddy's house. Taken after he pinned Ric Flair in Raleigh NC summer 1985. 

The Southern States Wrestling crew and fans paying tribute to Buddy and Cora with a 10 bell Salute. Below is the SSW TV paying tribute to these two wrestling greats.  

Roddy Piper is the only person in pro wrestling I did not meet or get to compete with that I wanted to. I missed him a couple of times over the years by minutes. If all you know of him is his WWE and WCW work do yourself a favor and look him up from L.A., San Francisco, Portland, Georgia, and Mid Atlantic. 

This is the Piper I will remember from Mid Atlantic wrestling. I saw him live many times including his run with Greg Valentine. Thanks for the memories "Hot Rod" wRESTle in Peace. 

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